'Too much reliance is placed on the statistics supplied by reporting officers and the form they use' says the group. D.P.U. believes that the system includes accident factors which are not accident factors at all, and is by no means comprehensive enough in that it fails to include factors that will cause accidents.'
Their founder, Keith Peat an ex patrol officer and who has used the system says, 'Most reporting officers have no specialist knowledge of road safety or driving at all. So the most the analysis can do is say X% of non-specialised officers ticked a box and no more than that. What if there is a box that shouldn't be there or there are options that should be included but are not? So any road safety analysis based on this system is bound to be very suspect.'
D.P.U. have now simplified the 'Speed Factor' into the three simple legal categories which include speed as a factor. 'Speeding', reckless driving and careless driving. They say these are the only legal terms which can apply. ' We must unravel 'speeding' (The act of simply going above an arbitrary number on a pole) from the other two which clearly do cause accidents.'
'Our report shows very simply how "speeding" cannot cause accidents so that we can then focus on what does cause accidents' says Keith Peat.
The full report can be read at: bit.ly/fwGLVo See The Three Legal States of Speed at www.youdrive.org.uk